Defense Against Crime

17/09/2009

Sexual Assault by the Numbers

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During the past few years, concern over the sexual victimization of female college students has risen. In part, the interest in this problem has been spurred by increasing attention to the victimization of women in general; until the relatively recent past, female victims received very little attention. However, this is no longer true. Terms such as “date rape” and “domestic violence” have entered the public lexicon and signify the unprecedented, if still insufficient, notice given to women who have been victimized.

 Here are some statistics that should allow you to make an informed decision about how not to be the next victim.

Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Data — the country’s largest and most reliable crime study — there were 248,300 sexual assaults in 2007 (the most recent data available).  Since there are 525,600 minutes in a non-leap year, that makes 31,536,000 seconds/year. So, 31,536,000 divided by 248,300 comes out to 1 sexual assault every 127 seconds, or about 1 every 2 minutes.

Did you also know

  •          1 out of every 6 American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
  •  17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.
  • While about 80% of all victims are white, minorities are somewhat more likely to be attacked.
  • Lifetime rate of rape /attempted rape for women by race:1
    • All women: 17.6%
    • White women: 17.7%
    • Black women: 18.8%
    • Asian Pacific Islander women: 6.8%
    • American Indian/Alaskan women: 34.1%
    • Mixed race women: 24.4% 
  •  Women ages 20 to 24 are at highest risk for rape/sexual assault, followed by those 16 to 19.
  •  Sixty-four percent of rape/sexual assault victims said they were victimized by a non-stranger—23 percent by an intimate partner, 3 percent by a relative, and 38 percent by a friend or acquaintance (2007)
  • At least 80% of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2001.
  • More than 70% of rape victims knew their attackers, compared to about half of all violent crime victims. Dennison, Callie. Criminal Victimization 1998. Bureau of Justice Stats, DOJ. 
  •   At least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career. Hirsch, Kathleen (1990)”Fraternities of Fear: Gang Rape, Male Bonding, and the Silencing of Women.” Ms., 1(2) 52-56.
  •  48.8% of college women who were victims of attacks that met the study’s definition of rape did not consider what happened to them rape. Bureau of Justice Stats. “Sexual Victimization of Collegiate Women” 2000, US DOJ.
  •  There are 35.3 incidents of sexual assault per 1,000 female students on a campus as recorded over a 6.91 month period (the academic year of ‘96 – ’97) as reported in the 2000 DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics report “The Sexual Victimization of College Women.”
  •  On average, at least 50% of college students’ sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use Abbey et al., 1996a, 1998; Copenhaver and Grauerholz, 1991; Harrington and Leitenberg, 1994; Presley et al., 199). Koss (1988), Within the study’s nationally represented sample of college students the results found that 74% of perpetrators and 55% of rape victims had been drinking alcohol prior to the assault.
  •  In a survey of high school students, 56% of girls and 76% of boys [some of whom may be incoming college freshmen] believed forced
  • sex was acceptable under some circumstances. Acquaintance Rape: The Hidden Crime, 1991.

 References

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The Sexual Victimization of College Women

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network

 

This data was compiled by Victor Swindell, ower of PepperEyes.com

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4 Comments

  1. The thing that most women need to be worried about, are College Fraternities, and other Secret Societies, such as Freemasonry. These are very dangerous criminal organizations that have no problem sexually abusing women or children. These organizations are ultra secretive and will not “rat-out” their brothers. In fact, it has become a criminal cartel. Nothing that these people do is going to be investigated, or reported by the mass media, because of the invisible power that they have. I have seen many Freemasons that were involved in the GHB (date rape drug) market.

    I was sexually assaulted as a child by these people for some weird political reasons. They got me to inhale a chemical when I was a child, that has caused me to have life long sexual problems.

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    Comment by goodcraftsman — 20/09/2009 @ 7:49 PM

  2. I dont know If I said it already but …I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks, 🙂

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    Comment by Frank Scurley — 15/10/2009 @ 3:29 PM

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    Comment by Savannah — 16/10/2009 @ 4:42 PM

  4. Good information. Thank you for getting good information out there. Some additional info:
    1) Alcohol is the number #1 date rape drug
    2) Alcohol consumption makes you vulnerable NOT
    liable
    3) The term I like the best is the “unsuspected rapist” The one who walks like, acts like, and talks like a regular person. They step into your comfort zone and lure you into believing that you are safe with them. Trust your gut instinct. If you have a warped or broken safety instinct (because of abuse) listen to your friends wisdom.
    4) Let’s start teaching the Girl Code again. Leave no girl behind. That means that females go together in groups and LEAVE together in that same group. That means that one person in the group stays straight and sober. That means that you may have to pull a sister out from under someone – no matter what she is saying to convince you she wants to stay. IGNORE her protests and take her back to her own bed – ALONE.
    5) Let’s start up the GUY CODE. Guys can stop rape!! There are a few guys out there who are making your gender LOOK BAD. Treat girls, ladies, and women with equality and respect. Use your voice and peer pressure to get the word out.
    6) Guys can be raped. The average age in which a guy is raped is 10.
    7) Rape is about violence, control, domination, betrayal and violation on the most personal level. RAPE IS NOT SEX
    8) Sex is physical, emotional, spiritual, AND most importantly requires mutual consent!
    9) You CAN NOT give VIABLE CONSENT if you are drinking, drugging, underage, intentially drugged or mentally/physically impaired!!!!!!!!

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    Comment by Rayleen — 04/11/2009 @ 1:22 PM


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